Saturday, December 30, 2006

Aurora Comicon 2006

Thursday night was a long, rush hour drive across the city of Chicago and beyond, but worth the effort. Alex Wald and I made the trek at the request of John Galdun and the Messenger Public Library of North Aurora to participate in a small Comicon they put on for their readers. Several comic book professionals turned out and filled the tables set up. And many, many youthful comic fans were in attendance. Alex was a good sport as I would tell these wide-eyed wonders that not only was he damn good at drawing monsters (which he is), but as an official comic book art director he could give them a few pointers on their own work. Somehow this will bite me in the butt, I just don't know when.

Alex patiently reciting the names of all the Japanese monsters in his paintings.

We also had a lovely dinner with Dave and Denise Dorman prior to the event, which made the trip worthwhile. Dave was one of the first comics professionals I met as I started in comics when we sat next to each other at Dragoncon in Atlanta in the late '80's. Even then Dave showed every inch of the talent that has turned him into the stellar, in-demand painter he is today.

Denise and Dave Dorman shared a table with Jeff Moy and the coat rack. Cory Carani was at another table.

Lance 'Doc' Boucher of Inter-Fan swapped 80's comic industry horror stories with us. He's organizing a community event of comics, artists and gaming called Inter-Fan Jam 2007 in Portage, Indiana on March 10th.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

The First Fear Ad

I'll be attending a small Comicon tomorrow in the western suburbs with Alex Wald and Dave Dorman, among others. I needed something to show for the work done so far on The First Fear, so I whipped up this screensaver.

The text reads:

They have always been with us.


We have always been afraid.

And that's just the way they like it.

The First Fear
A graphic novel of horror and escape.

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3D The Old Fashioned Way

I have been working on my First Fear main character, Alvamara, and just wasn't getting it. So I broke out the handy clay and began some raw sculpting to get a better sense of light and shadow for her. It's not exact, but it gives me a tool to use when working out my sketches.

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Friday, December 22, 2006


Hello readers, thanks for checking out Notes From Burning City this year. I hope everyone enjoys the holidays and gets a fresh start in 2007. I know it has been a stressful year for many, but a lot of us have begun some interesting new journeys, so hang in there. For my part, I promise to have more art, more often in 2007. I promise.

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